Charleston church shooting victims remembered at KC service

As hundreds gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to remember nine shooting victims, A.M.E churches across the US held their own memorials as well, including one in the Heartland.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will be in attendance for the nondenominational service that begins at 10 a.m. Friday.

Arthur Hurd, husband of Emanuel Church shooting victim Cynthia Hurd, stands outside his home in Charleston, South Carolina, June 15, 2016. It's the same venue where President Barack Obama a year ago led the congregation in "Amazing Grace" during a funeral for the church's pastor, state Sen. Many of them traveled to the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney, a man they knew personally. "We mean you no harm, '" Haley said. You can watch the service live here or in the live stream below.

At a later and smaller service at Emanuel, a multi-racial coalition, the Civilitas, joined Emanuel to honor the victims and call for forgiveness and racial reconciliation.

"In 36 hours, one after one after one said, 'I forgive you, '" Scott said. She recalled how they welcomed Roof and prayed with him for an hour before they were killed.

Roof, 22, will go to trial in November on federal hate crime charges that could result in a death sentence, and will face state murder charges in January.

Focusing on the good to come from the tragedy helps her cope, she said.

"We've mastered the air and conquered the sea, annihilated distance and prolonged life", he said.

The anniversary of the Charleston shooting comes less than a week after another mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida on Sunday when a man killed 49 people in a gay nightclub there. Tecklenburg noted that as the city moves forward, it is working to put into action the beliefs around justice that the victims of the shooting had.

Sen. Marlon Kimpson followed the mayor, contrasting society's accomplishments with the things it has still not been able to overcome.

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"There hasn't been a day since June 17, 2015 that I haven't thought about the 12", she said.

"She was such a kind, hard-working person", Richardson said of Lance.

People listen to a speaker during a memorial in Charleston, S.C., Friday, June 17, 2016 on the anniversary of the killing of nine black parishioners during bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

"Wrong church, wrong people, wrong day", Scott said.

"I acknowledge the Second Amendment, but I was appalled by the way he was treated by the leadership of that House", Norris said. "Coming together is just something people need to do". And she said the shooting's three adult survivors - Polly Sheppard, Felicia Sanders and Jennifer Pinckney, who did not attend the service - taught her true courage.

In addition to the victims' families, various ministries within the AME Congregation were also in attendance, like the Ushers and the Sons of Allen. I will never talk to her again. "They are all my sisters and brothers". "We look to Mother Emanuel for inspiration in the wake of the bad tragedy in Orlando".

Dylann Roof, a professed white supremacist, entered the church during an evening bible study and killed nine church members and injured three others last June.

"There's no misery like this", he said.

A presidential aide read a message from the president and the first lady. "It happened to all of us".

  • Rosalie Stanley